CraftyMom's on an apple kick-plus fun crafts from @FamilyFun

For some reason in the past week or so I have been on an apple kick….why? I have no idea. 🙂 I have been pretty much house-bond due to a bad sinus infection and blood sugar issues. I think it might just be the crisp fall air. So on my recipes blog I have been posting some apple recipes, go check it out if you’d like.

I’ve also found some cute apple crafts for kids and parents alike!

3 Things to Do With Apples at FamilyFun.com

Shrink ’em

3 Things to Do With Apples

Who wouldn’t love to have these creepy characters hanging around? To bring them to life, peel the apples, then use a small knife to carve faces (for well-defined features, cut out deep eye sockets and leave prominent noses). Bake the carved apples at your oven’s lowest temperature for three hours, then let them sit in a warm, dry place for at least a few days. Once they’re dry and shrunken, press black-bean eyes and rice-grain teeth into place. We also pressed on bundled-yarn wigs and tied on fabric strips cut from bandannas.

Bake ’em

Bake 'em This classic dessert is gooey and delicious, and our version can be cooked by kids with just a little help from a parent. To make it, heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, stir together 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon. Bring this mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes to make a syrup. Core and peel the top third of 4 baking apples, such as Cortlands. Place them in a baking pan, fill them with raisins and walnuts, then pour the syrup over them. Bake the apples for 40 minutes. Serve them warm — topped with ice cream, if you like.

Print ’em

Print 'em Brushing paint on a cut apple gives our fruit-tastic stationery its crisp lines. Cut a round apple in half, then poke out its seeds with a toothpick and set them aside. Blot the cut surface with a paper towel until it’s dry. Brush white acrylic paint all over the cut surface, then add a line of red or green paint around the edge. If the stem is attached, brush brown paint on it. Stamp the apple on a folded piece of card stock. To print the seeds, spear one with a pin, then dip it in brown paint and stamp it where desired.

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This one is dedicated to my friend Linda who has a bushel and a half of apples…..

Apple crafts at marthastewart.com

Apple Crafts

You may be looking at your bushel of apples and wondering how many pies you can make. Instead, try one of these inventive apple crafts. The end results will delight you and your family.

Apple Votives

A flotilla of apples bobbing in a steel tub evokes memories of childhood and headlong plunges into icy water. But carved into holiday candleholders, these apple votives are a prize for the eyes alone, their flames a promise of warmth.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Apple Crafts – Martha Stewart Crafts
I have no affiliation with Family Fun or Martha Stewart. Just love the sites.

13 Thrifty Gifts For Mom (via FaveCrafts.com)

I just opened my FaveCrafts newsletter and it was chocked full of Mother’s Day gifts:
13 Thrifty Gifts for Mom: Mother’s Day is the perfect time to exercise some new handmade projects because Mom loves everything you make! Try making her something practical or something pretty, it’s up to you. And save a few dollars going the thrifty route.
Something Practical:
Something Pretty:
12. Beautiful Mom Frame (shown)